Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) accounts for 6% of all cancer deaths in the UK (2014), accounting for 6% of all male cancer deaths, and 7% of all female cancer deaths.[1-3]
In 2014, there were 10,142 CUP deaths in the UK: 4,862 (48%) in males and 5,280 (52%) in females, giving a male:female ratio of around 9:10.[1-3] The crude mortality rate shows that there are 15 CUP deaths for every 100,000 males in the UK, and 16 for every 100,000 females.
Cancer of Unknown Primary (C77-C80), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2014
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||18.8||17.9||17.3||14.0||18.8|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||20.0||22.7||21.1||20.6||19.9|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||15.2||16.8||13.9||12.0||15.3|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||16.1||20.9||16.8||17.2||16.2|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||16.8||17.9||15.8||13.6||16.9|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||17.5||21.0||18.1||17.6||17.6|
95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper
CUP mortality rates throughout the UK vary significantly variation between health boundaries for both males and females, with the highest rates being in parts of North West England and Wales, and the lowest rates in parts of London and Southern England.
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
- Data were provided by Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
- European age-standardised mortality rate of cancer of unknown primary by local health authority in the UK, 2009-2011. UK Cancer Information Service version 4.5b 001. Data extracted on 20/09/2013